The EU could cut truck carbon pollution by more than a fifth (22%) in a decade by requiring its main cities to have electric truck charging infrastructure, according to a new Transport & Environment (T&E) report.
T&E’s analysis of truck flows data has identified 173 cities and urban areas where chargers are needed in 2030 to put Europe’s road freight on a path to zero emissions.
The 40,000 chargers at distribution centres and public places would require a €28 billion investment over 10 years, or €2.8 billion a year on average, the analysis finds.
Currently €100 billion is spent on road infrastructure every year in the EU.
Lucien Mathieu, transport and e-mobility analyst at T&E, said: “Electric trucks are clean, cheaper to run and available today.
“But the lack of a European charging strategy and the underwhelming supply from European truckmakers is holding back the market
“The EU needs to set ambitious targets for the roll-out of infrastructure and let Europe’s truck fleet go emissions free.”
Providing these chargers will serve half a million e-trucks and allow 43% of the EU’s truck trips to go emissions free by 2030, the analysis shows.
T&E said next year’s review of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive (AFID) should only focus on electricity and green hydrogen infrastructure to be coherent with the EU Green Deal’s climate ambitions.
T&A also wants the EU to push truckmakers to accelerate the supply of zero-emission vehicles in 2022 and to introduce more ambitious CO2 reduction targets.
Mathieu said: “Increasing the supply of zero-emission trucks and providing truck charging infrastructure opens the way to clean and quiet deliveries in cities.
“Emissions-free vehicles will boost the quality of life of millions of Europeans with less air and noise pollution.”